Town was born on April 18, 1918, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. However, he grew up in Taneytown, Maryland. His father, Rev. Alfred Towne Sutcliffe, was a Lutheran minister. He began his career as a journalist and photographer in Roanoke, Virginia.
Sutcliffe developed Davey and Goliath with Gumby creators Art Clokey and Ruth Clokey Goodell. The show was aimed spreading simple religious messages and morals to young television viewers, while not confusing them with complicated concepts.
- Weber, Bruce (2008-05-25). "Dick Sutcliffe, 90, Dies; Began 'Davey and Goliath'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
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